Yes, you heard it right! Ranbir’s latest romcom has got a better opening than Salman’s Dabangg 2; it has earned Rs 62.75 crores as compared to Dabangg 2‘s Rs 58.5 crores in the opening weekend
Looks like Ranbir Kapoor is not only set to challenge but also outdo the Khans’ supremacy at the box office, especially Salman Khan who’s known to create new BO records with each of his films. At least, that’s what the weekend BO figures of the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani suggests. On Friday, the Ayan Mukerji film raked a cool Rs 19.5 crores, making it the second-highest, non-holiday opener.
The Dharma Productions film received positive reviews and good word of mouth publicity. While the trade expected a slight drop on Saturday, the film instead witnessed a steady growth and earned Rs 20.5 crores and Rs 22.75 crores on Saturday and Sunday respectively, taking the total collections to Rs 62.75 crores. From what we hear, YJHD’s weekend numbers are certainly above Dabangg 2.
“Finally, a film that has been able to show Ranbir Kapoor’s true potential and star power at the box office! Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has drawn the biggest opening weekend for a non-holiday release till date and that too by overtaking Dabangg 2, which was a mighty ambitious target at Rs 58.5 crores! A lot of credit has to go to Pritam for the outstanding songs which have played a huge role in getting such a massive opening besides Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone of course, who have taken the nation by storm! What’s interesting is the fact that despite having a wide release (in terms of screen count), the number of shows that the film is playing in is not as high as Dabangg 2 because of the film’s length (2 hrs 50 mins). Hats off to Karan Johar, UTV and Ayan Mukerji for presenting the Kapoor scion in exactly the way that the audience wants to see him, which is clearly reflected by the collections!” points out leading exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.
Considering the euphoria that Ranboo and Dippy’s film has created among the youth, the trade expects the momentum to continue over the weekdays too. Even though YJHD faces competition from a well-promoted Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 releasing this week, Akshaye feels the romcom should touch Rs 100 crore-mark by mid week. “Irrespective of the collections, the number of shows and screens for both YJHD and YPD2 will be divided and YJHD’s impact will be there,” says Rathi.